For successful innovation, constructive cooperation is as important as knowledge and creativity. In order to be able to transform technological innovations into applications that bring added value to society (Impact for a better society), we engage the help of external partners. As a university deeply rooted in society we work  - both nationally as internationally – together with with industry, government and civil society organizations or directly with individuals on solutions that can have a major impact on society. This way we can offer our knowledge for the benefit of society.

Next to that, the TU Delft Campus is an attractive location to settle for companies and research facilities that are closely involved in research that is being conducted at Delft University of Technology or that want to be around talent.

Below you will find different ways and forms of collaboration

Multi-party collaborations are essential to translate complex technological developments into innovations. We build a bridge between academics and companies with ambition by developing strategic collaborations. Together with experts we develop tailor-made research and innovation projects that fit the strategic agenda of companies. We do so by involving our extensive TU Delft and TU Delft Campus network of academics, students, entrepreneurs and corporates.

Interested in a collaboration? Contact us for more information.

Research subjects are often so complicated and wide-ranging in nature that the only way of responding to them is to adopt a thematic approach in which various disciplines cooperate in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary alliances. Think of robotics, where mechanical and electrical engineering, industrial design and computer science come together.

Within Delft University of Technology, this cooperation is structured within  research institutes, research schools and the so called Delft Research-based Initiatives. Besides that, we collaborate with other (technical) universities in the Netherlands and some renowned institutes. On an international level, Delft University of Technology is active on a number of fields, for example the Global Initiative and the Joint Research Centres.

The Funding Teams and academic staff have jointly been successfully engaged in agenda setting for research investment policies and the development of its large scale and long term research programmes (flagships) at the Dutch governmental bodies and the European Union.
Advisors from the Research Funding Teams assist academics in obtaining research grants. They also engage in dialogue with industry, policy makers and politicians of the Netherlands and the European Union.

Are you interested in collaborating with TU Delft as a partner and would you like to know more about the subsidy options you can apply for? Then please contact our Funding team.

Research and education at TU Delft regularly result in new technology, inventions and software. The utilization of these innovations is important to society. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) play a crucial role in achieving this goal. That is why TU Delft strives to protect the intellectual ownership rights of (at least part of) the inventions through patent applications.

A patent enables the commercial exploitation of an invention. In this way, know-how generated at the TU Delft increases in value. Several tools are available to facilitate this, such as licensing or sale of a patent, using it to attract research funding or to found a start-up. An overview of our patent portfolio can be found in the database of Espacenet. If you are interested in a specific patent or if you would like to explore the possibilities without obligation, please contact our Patent Office.

The place where everything comes together

Pioneering for change

TU Delft is the source of energy for the innovation ecosystem of TU Delft Campus. Collaborating with TU Delft also offers direct access to this unique ecosystem. Various field labs and more than 200 startups spread over various hubs form the breeding ground for radical innovations in the field of robotics, AI, quantum, medtech and the energy transition